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South Africa

The Best of South Africa: Safari, Culture & the Garden Route

Discover the history and natural diversity of South Africa from important urban centers to scenic coastlines. Join experts to search for iconic wildlife in the South African bush.
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Program No. 22444RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
6,349
Flights start at
1,425
South Africa

The Best of South Africa: Safari, Culture & the Garden Route

Discover the history and natural diversity of South Africa from important urban centers to scenic coastlines. Join experts to search for iconic wildlife in the South African bush.
Length
16 days
Starts at
6,349
Flights start at
1,425
Program No. 22444 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 13 - Feb 28, 2022
Starting at
6,349
Apr 5 - Apr 20, 2022
Starting at
6,349
Aug 28 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
6,499
Sep 18 - Oct 3, 2022
Starting at
6,499
Oct 2 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
6,499
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 13 - Feb 28, 2022
Starting at
6,949
Apr 5 - Apr 20, 2022
Starting at
6,949
Aug 28 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
7,099
Sep 18 - Oct 3, 2022
Starting at
7,099
Oct 2 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
7,099

At a Glance

It’s town and country — South Africa-style. Discover the vibrant cityscapes of Johannesburg and Cape Town to learn about the turbulent past and promising future of South Africa, then journey to the wild side of the country and search for the “Big Five” — elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. From the sparkling waters and emerald forests of the Garden Route to the vast plains and dramatic plateaus of the South African countryside, witness a stunning array of flora and fauna.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

Discover the magnificent, mile-long Victoria Falls. Explore Chobe National Park with a local expert to witness herds of elephant, lions, leopard and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on varied terrain. Bumpy, dusty game drives in open-air safari vehicles. Elevations up to 5,575 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Walk in the footsteps of South Africa's freedom fighters and stand in Freedom Square where South Africans united in the name of democracy.
  • Explore the beautiful Garden Route and venture into the bush on game drives in Karongwe Game Reserve.
  • Ascend Table Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view it affords, and stand at the southwestern-most point of the African continent at the Cape of Good Hope.

General Notes

Please refer to the “Getting There” section on the Road Scholar website or contact the provider if you plan on booking your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates. Off select departures, extend your adventure with “Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park (#22445)”. Some dates of this program can be taken back-to-back with “Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (#3645)”.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
by Richard Stengel
A firsthand account of Nelson Mandela's wisdom from Richard Stengel, a close friend of Mandela and the editor of Time magazine.
The Safari Companion
by Richard Estes
An encyclopedic guide to the behavior of Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist.
Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
by Mike Unwin
A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
Adventuring in Southern Africa
by Allen Bechky
This comprehensive guide to game parks throughout Southern Africa includes an overview of the region, tips on watching wildlife and good descriptive information on each park or nature reserve.
The Myth of Wild Africa
by Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane
A no-holds-barred attack on old-style conservation in Africa, provocative and dead-on. The authors explore the fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries.
The Scramble for Africa
by Thomas Pakenham
A well-written, meticulously researched history of the Victorian land grab in Africa. The book includes especially good portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
McCall Smith’s detective, Mma Ramotswe, makes her debut. A pleasure in every respect, this novel – not really a mystery – evokes the cultures, customs and diverse landscapes of Botswana.
Cape Town, A Lonely Planet City Guide
by John A. Murray
A practical guide to the city and surroundings, featuring suggested walks, excursions and attractions. This surprisingly complete book also includes color photographs and a map.
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.
Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa
by Kenneth Newman
This classic field guide features hundreds of color plates, a comprehensive checklist – and information on habitat and distribution.





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